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Derby stalwart vs Nottingham Forest veteran: Who had the better game?



Derby County and Nottingham drew 0-0 in the first goalless East Midlands derby since 2002.

The two teams were unable to break each other down with Tom Huddlestone and Ben Watson playing key parts in that.

Huddlestone was involved in more defensive actions, four interceptions and five clearances, while Watson played more passes. It has to be noted that Huddlestone was harshly sent off in the 81st minute so his statistics aren’t for a full match.

These statistics actually represent the playing styles of the two teams as well because of their pivotal roles on the pitch.

Derby absorbed pressure with the intent to break on the opposition while Forest had a bigger share of possession because they intended to patiently break down the Rams; they were also playing at home which means they had to go on the initiative to break down their opponents.

Huddlestone has been a constant presence for Derby this season with 36 league appearances while Watson joined Forest from Watford in January. He has impressed as Forest have started to become consistent under Aitor Karanka with a six game unbeaten run.

Both players are important to their managers because of how they help facilitate the playing style as well as bringing experience to the team in a crucial area.

Watson is still settling in and Karanka has only been in charge for a few months, so they are a work in progress. Whereas, this is Rowett’s first full season in charge and the results are clear to see.

Personally, I’d rather have Huddlestone because he looked comfortable in the Premier League when he played for Hull, whereas, Watson had his issues although he did have a good spell with Wigan which included an FA Cup win.

Derby and Forest fans… what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!